Urawa – Shenhua alliance shows football has no borders

Japanese club Urawa Reds face Shanghai SIPG today in an Asian Champions League tie that brings together two groups of fans who have a remarkable attitude to Sino-Japanese relations. Hostility and bitterness towards Japan remains common in China many decades after the horrors of Japanese occupation in the second world war, with nationalistic sentiments against […]

Ramires propels Jiangsu to verge of knockouts with Osaka win

Jiangsu maintained a perfect record in the ACL and look imperious at the top of Group H following a resilient but oftentimes precarious 1-0 win over Gamba Osaka. While the home side energized proceedings by nobly harrying for a second half equalizer, in truth, it was a wet and unconvincing game of football that will […]

Suwon Bluewings overcome Under-Strength Eastern 1-0 in Asian Champions League

Match day three of Asian Champions league Group G saw a severely weakened Eastern team fall 1-0 to the K League giants, Suwon Samsung Bluewings.  Eastern were without Manuel Bleda, Diego Eli and also reliable mainstays Xu Deshaui and Ju Yingzhi so they faced an uphill task against the Bluewings. Yet, Eastern again took advantage […]

Eastern rue missed chances against Kawasaki Frontale in ACL

A lively and electrifying AFC Champions League group G game ended 1-1 between 9-man Kawasaki of the J-League and Hong Kong outfit Eastern who were left pondering what could have been if they had taken their few chances properly. AFC Champions League Group G Eastern 1 Bleda 14′ Kawasaki Frontale 1 Kou Itakura 52′ Attendance: 5,787 […]

Teixeria double sends Jiangsu top of ACL group after Adelaide win

Jiangsu Suning turned in a typical early season performance, decisively unplayable one moment, careless and edgy the next, but ultimately prevailed 2-1 against an Adelaide United side that is yet to find its footing in this year’s AFC competition. The win built on last week’s win away to Jeju United and sends the Nanjing-based team […]